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Do Termites Have Wings and Can They Fly?

Do Termites Have Wings?  And Can Termites Really Fly?

Not all termites have wings but when they reach the adult portion of their life termites do indeed grow wings to help them fly away in search of a new colony (or a new home to infest.)  

What makes things tricky in identifying them is that ants also grow wings as they sexually mature for the same purpose and it can be difficult to tell a winged ant apart from a winged termite.

But don’t worry, it’s not all that hard if you just learn a few distinguishing characteristics between the two insects.

If you find winged termites in or around your home you do not really need to worry about them hurting you.  Typically you can just vacuum them up and schedule a termite inspection for your home.  Just because you found them in your home does not mean you have an infestation.  More than likely you don’t.  However, there is a chance that there is a termite infestation in your home that was mature enough to create sexually matured termite “swarmers” who left the lumber in your home in search of expanding their territory.  It is for this reason that you should call up a termite inspector if you find winged termites or discarded termite wings in or around your home.

Further Reading:

Termite Facts by Orkin

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